Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail

holding a blood orange Margarita

My Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail is the drink of the winter season, the delicate sweetness of blood orange juice takes this classic cocktail to a whole new level. Not to mention that awesome color ~ it practically glows!

Pouring a Blood Orange Margarita into a glass with ice, and a salted rim

We can’t let citrus season pass without a great cocktail, and this one definitely delivers. I’m usually a wine drinker, but this divine blood orange Margarita has got me reconsidering all that. I had one at a favorite restaurant the other night and after one sip I knew I had to recreate it and share it with you guys.

Why this is the perfect cocktail ~

It’s fruity ~ but not too sweet.  I don’t like overly sweet cocktails and so while a lot of Margarita recipes use simple syrup, I don’t add it here. The fresh squeezed blood orange juice is floral, lightly acidic, and provides just the right amount of sweetness.

It’s gorgeous ~ but packs a punch.  Yes it happens to be stunningly gorgeous, but it’s a real cocktail: the tequila and triple sec see to that.

It’s seasonal, the best kind of cocktail.  Blood oranges aren’t available all year long, and that just makes this taste all the better. Blood oranges for a Blood Orange Margarita

The ‘blood’ in blood oranges refers to the red color in the flesh, and that comes from a pigment called anthocyanin. It’s the same pigment in blueberries, black rice, and even purple pansies!

If you’ve bought blood oranges before you might have been surprised that they don’t always look the same inside. There are multiple varieties, and it isn’t always easy to tell them apart, unless they’re labeled. The flesh can range from orange with a tinge of red, to full on blush colored, to deep dark purple, almost black. The good news is that the flavor is amazing no matter what kind you get your hands on.

Varieties of blood orange ~

  • MORO: the most commonly available and most pigmented of all the blood oranges, they can range from deep burgundy to almost black. The juice is incredibly vibrant.
  • SANGUINELLO: this variety tends to be extra sweet, and orange colored with red streaks.
  • TAROCCO: another extra sweet variety, with speckled orange and red flesh.
zesting a blood orange for blood orange Margaritas

Tip: Want to stretch blood orange season so you can enjoy this cocktail all year long? Juice blood oranges when they’re in season, then fill ice cube trays and freeze. When frozen, load the cubes in a sturdy zip lock freezer bag, you’ll never be without this blush nectar. Defrost as needed!

A vivid pink blood orange Margarita with salted rim

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This classic stainless steel shaker has great reviews on Amazon, and is something every well stocked kitchen needs, even if you don’t make cocktails often. When the occasion calls for it, you can mix up two drinks at a time, and you’ll look professional doing it.

Holding a Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail

I’m definitely blood orange-obsessed, and I’m pretty sure everyone who has ever tried them feels the same. I have so many great recipes inspired by blood oranges it’s hard to know where to start ~ if you want something sweet, try my Blood Orange Jam or my Blood Orange Crumble Bars. If you’d like to experiment with using these gorgeous citrus fruits in a savory recipe, try out Roast Chicken with Blood Orange and Olives, or this fun Fish with Blood Orange and Thyme in Parchment.

Reader Rave ~

“The best margarita! Great taste and such a gorgeous color. Thanks for the recipe.”  ~ Suzanne

Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail
4.52 from 33 votes

Blood Orange Margarita

My Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail is the drink of the winter season, the delicate sweetness of blood orange juice takes this classic cocktail to a whole new level.  Not to mention that awesome color ~ it practically glows!
Course cocktail
Cuisine American
Author Sue Moran


  • 2 ounces fresh squeezed blood orange juice about 2-3 blood oranges
  • 2 ounces Triple Sec
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 1 and 1/2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice plus more for rimming glasses
  • kosher salt for rimming the glasses


  • Pour salt onto a small plate. Wet the rim of the glasses with water or lime juice and press the rims into the salt.
  • Add the cocktail ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  • Shake well and strain into 2 glasses with more ice. Garnish with a twist of blood orange peel or a thin slice of blood orange.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make this blood orange Margarita cocktail your own ~

  • You can substitute other orange liqueurs like Grand Marnier, curaçao, or Cointreau for the triple sec.
  • Try tangerine juice if you can’t find blood oranges.
  • Make it a mocktail and use sparkling water or club soda.

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  • Reply
    Suzanne Kroder
    February 24, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    5 stars
    The best margarita! Great taste and such a gorgeous color. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Reply
      February 24, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Suzanne!

  • Reply
    February 24, 2019 at 7:36 am

    5 stars
    Loved it. Thank you

    • Reply
      February 24, 2019 at 7:39 am

      Cheers Elly!

  • Reply
    Lee Ann
    February 23, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Hi ! I just found your site! This cocktail is right up my husband’s alley, he is definitely going to try it. Thank you! May I ask where you got the glassware? I love it! Looking forward to exploring your site.

    • Reply
      February 23, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      Those glasses come from Cost Plus/World Market 🙂

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    February 22, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Wow! What a cocktail !! We love everything about this cocktail. Pinning!! 🙂

  • Reply
    February 22, 2019 at 9:03 am

    This cocktail sounds so delicious ~ perfect for weekend get-togethers. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      February 22, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      This is a good candidate for a pitcher cocktail 🙂

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    Andrea Metlika
    February 22, 2019 at 8:53 am

    This Blood Orange Margarita looks so pretty and sounds wonderfully flavorful.

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    February 22, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I love blood oranges and always rush out to buy them when they are in season. I tend to eat them straight up but would be more than happy to have a glass or two of this. Sharing now!

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    February 22, 2019 at 8:39 am

    The colour of this is amazing and your photos are gorgeous. Cheers to the weekend!

    • Reply
      February 22, 2019 at 12:52 pm

      And I didn’t even realize it’s National Margarita Day today 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa Bynum
    February 22, 2019 at 8:02 am

    This cocktail is DROP DEAD gorgeous! I am a little obsessed with blood oranges too. It’s the color! Pinning this to try sooner rather than later.

    • Reply
      February 22, 2019 at 8:04 am

      The color but also that flavor! Nothing else like it in the food world…

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    Tricia | Saving Room for Dessert
    February 22, 2019 at 4:30 am

    I LOVE this cocktail! And I really appreciate your tip about juicing and freezing in an ice cube tray. Absolutely brilliant trick for frozen Margaritas. Pinned!

    • Reply
      February 22, 2019 at 7:28 am

      This would make an awesome frozen Margarita in summer, I’m going to stash away lots of juice this winter 🙂

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